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2nd International Festival of Short Films
Eleven short live-action films. Two hours total running time. Some excellent films. Some mediocre pieces. None bad. This second collection of short films is an admirable effort on the part...
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Film Review  April 29, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Various. Eleven short live-action films..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action
Short films come in nice packages.
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Film Review  February 7, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...This year’s quintet of Oscar-nominated, live-action short films is, as ever, a mixed bag of issue-oriented filmmaking, whimsical magical realism, dark comedy, and just plain fascinating offerings that straddle the blurred line between playful and deadly serious. Much like short stories, short films are a painstaking and difficult milieu to inhabit..."

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Structured by Bach's Goldberg Variations, this film biography offers 32 brief glimpses of the short life of the ever-eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Each section begins a separate musical “Variation”...
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Film Review  June 10, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...For prior admirers of Gould as a technician and a popular personality, the approach will capture his essence and gestalt. For a viewer uninitiated in Gould's career, personal eccentricities, and overall cultural importance, 32 Short Films will explain very little about why Gould is such a monumental figure..."

Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2003
A package of some of the most recent animated and live-action Oscar nominees.
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Film Review  April 23, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Various. There is nothing immediately apparent about this collection of five Oscar-nominated short films that makes them so obviously deserving of Academy distinction..."

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation
Watch and prepare for your Oscar pool
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Film Review  February 10, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...As befits their nominations for an Academy Award in the field of animation, the five chosen short films all boast some excellence in whichever style of animation – CG, woodcut, traditional cel – and storytelling they employ. All are representative of animators working at the top of their short-form game, and to a one they’re engrossing and frequently emotionally affecting..."

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
Why not form an opinion instead of guessing what will win?
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Film Review  February 10, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...When it comes to naming its best feature nominees, the Academy Awards famously has a bias against comedy. That bias trickles down to the live-action short films category, as well; social justice themes play better than slapstick with the selection committee..."

First International Festival of Short Films
Featuring shorts from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S., this first outing by the newly-formed Andalusian Pictures Ltd. group is a winner in a much broader scope than its...
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Film Review  June 18, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...group is a winner in a much broader scope than its animated forerunners (i.e., Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation, etc.). With short films ranging in tone from perverse to touching, and surreal to....."

The Short Films of Jane Campion
These four 16mm short films were made by Campion in the early to mid-Eighties, before her feature-length success with Sweetie, An Angel at My Table, and The Piano.They include “Peel,”...
Film Review  July 15, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Jane Campion. These four 16mm short films were made by Campion in the early to mid-Eighties, before her feature-length success with Sweetie, An Angel at My Table, and The Piano.They include “Peel,” a 9-minute film about a red-haired family; “A Girl's Own Story,” which is about the Beatles, the Sixties, and growing up; “Passionless Moments,” a series of wry vignettes; and “After Hours,” a short drama about sexual harassment in the office..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program A
Three remarkable stories of people's reaction to oppression.
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Film Review  February 7, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...The three Oscar-nominated short films grouped in this program tell remarkable stories of how very different people react to oppression. Sara Ishaq’s “Karama Has No Walls” documents a peaceful sit-in protest of the regime in Yemen’s “Change Square” that turned violent when thugs built a wall that trapped protesters in and then opened fire..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation
A dog in Eden, Maggie Simpson in an Ayn Rand daycare center, and creative guacamole making are some of the ideas conjured in this collection.
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Film Review  February 8, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...The five films the Academy anointed as nominees for this year's Best Animated Short category take to heart the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words: Save the odd (but expressive) harrumph, these shorts skip dialogue altogether. So what of the pictures then?..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2010: Live Action
Judge for yourself among the five films contending for this year's Oscar for live-action short. The five international shorts nominated for Best Live Action Short Film include Patrik Eklund’s “Instead of Abracadabra," Luke Doolan's “Miracle Fish," Juanita Wilson's “The Door,” Gregg Helvey's “Kavi," and Joachim Back’s award-winning “The New Tenants.”
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Film Review  February 19, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...The five international shorts nominated for Best Live Action Short Film are competently made and individually compelling, but I can’t say any demonstrably raised my temperature. Maybe it’s only an effect of the inherent ungainliness of watching five films in a row so wildly divergent in style and subject matter – god knows, nobody benefits from watching a cutesy-wutesy short about a Swedish wannabe illusionist next to films set in ravaged Chernobyl and an Indian slave-labor camp..."

On the Cutting Edge: Four Short Films About Violence Against Women
This 1992 film compiles four short, experimental films that all examine the topic of violence against women. Beyond this shared theme, they all have little else in common. “Seven Lucky...
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Film Review  September 16, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Julia Tell, Lisa Mann, Brenda Joy Lem and Anne Pratten. This 1992 film compiles four short, experimental films that all examine the topic of violence against women..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011: Animation
Get a leg up on your Oscar pool by checking out all the nominees in this category.
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Film Review  February 11, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...While it’s never anything less than lovely to look at (even if the titular Gruffalo bears close resemblance to Maurice Sendak’s wild things), the narrative, which is based on a children’s book, has limited appeal for older audiences. Geefwee Boedoe’s “Let’s Pollute” inverts the problem: A satirical promo for pollution presented like one of those peppy educational films of yore (“Pollution: It’s your privilege and your duty”!), the short’s irony and real intent, I suspect, will be lost on children..."

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
Compassion, grace, and humor distinguish the Oscar hopefuls
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Film Review  February 9, 2018, by Steve Davis
"...Today, you have no excuse. The nominated short films are available online or in selected theatres prior to broadcast..."

2015 Academy Award-Nominated Documentary Short Films: Program B
The collected films in Program B examine suffering from different angles
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Film Review  January 30, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Owing to their longer running times, the five films nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject have been divided into two programs for this limited theatrical run. Both programs are punishing, as the collected films examine suffering from different angles...."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action
Good things come in small packages.
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Film Review  February 10, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...All five of the nominated live-action films embody the great promise of short filmmaking: to crystallize a story idea in a succinctly encapsulated form. That’s really all they have in common, however..."

2015 Academy Award-Nominated Documentary Short Films: Program A
Program A consists of the two longest doc shorts, and they’re among the best of the batch.
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Film Review  January 30, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Owing to their longer running times, the five films nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject have been divided into two programs for this limited theatrical run. Both programs are punishing, as the collected films examine suffering from different angles...."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011: Live Action
Amaze your friends and colleagues when you know everything about all the nominees in this category.
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Film Review  February 11, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Catholicism and kids: Narratively speaking, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Two of the films nominated for this year’s Best Short Film (Live Action) dip into the well – the spooky “The Confession,” about a quiet, well-behaved child stymied due to his lack of bad deeds to take to the confession box, and “Wish 143,” in which a terminally ill teenager enlists a priest in the fulfillment of his last wish, to lose his virginity – while a third, Michael Creagh’s “The Crush,” is set in that seat of Catholicism, Ireland, but skips the religion for a pitchy take on kids doing the darndest things (with guns)..."

Cauleen Smith Presents Short Films
Cinemaker's regular open screening of local filmworks will be followed by a presentation by Cauleen Smith of her short films. Smith is among the newest faculty members of UT's RTF...
Film Review  November 25, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Cauleen Smith. Cinemaker's regular open screening of local filmworks will be followed by a presentation by Cauleen Smith of her short films..."

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation
Watch and prepare for your Oscar pool
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Film Review  January 29, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...I’m not even going to attempt to hazard a guess as to which of these five short animated films from across the globe is going to nab the coveted golden statuette. Suffice it to say that with the inclusion of the Pixar-produced “Sanjay’s Super Team,” which follows the superhero-inflected imagination of a young Indian boy as he fantasizes his way around his devout Hindu father’s morning prayers, the Animated Shorts nominations are more racially inclusive than the disappointing #OscarsSoWhite main event..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2012: Animation
Be ready for your office Oscar pool when it rolls around later this month.
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Film Review  February 10, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...The unfortunate side effect of corralling all the Oscar-nominated shorts into one showcase is that the individual films cease to exist on their own; one tends to evaluate them not purely on their own merits but from a better-than, less-than perspective. In that case, the very best animated short of this year's nominated crop, the lively and nuanced "A Morning Stroll," isn't just winning, it's killing..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2010: Animation
This year's five nominees for the best animated short Oscar are available for viewing. This year’s five Academy Award-nominated animated shorts include “A Matter of Loaf and Death,” the latest stop-motion Claymation piece from Nick Park and Aardman; “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” by Nicky Phelan; “The Lady and the Reaper" by Recio García; “French Roast” by Fabrice O. Joubert; and the winning “Logorama” by the H5 collective.
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Film Review  February 19, 2010, by Kimberley Jones


Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2004
A program of eight short films nominated for live-action and animated Academy Awards in 2004.
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Film Review  April 1, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...By turns tentative, boisterous, and touching, a 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl become friends with a flirtatious feint-and-parry that rivals James Dean and Natalie Wood’s youthful bonhomie in Rebel Without a Cause. While most of the films presented here have at the very least a certain amount of whimsy, the British Oscar-winning short film – Andrea Arnold’s "Wasp" – is relentlessly disturbing, almost to the point of outright despair..."

Twenty Short Films From Beirut
20 Short Films From Beirut is a three-week series that focuses on how young filmmakers ñ the Lebanese “war generation” ñ deal with war, death, love, and hope. The films...
Film Review  April 20, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...20 Short Films From Beirut is a three-week series that focuses on how young filmmakers ñ the Lebanese “war generation” ñ deal with war, death, love, and hope. The films range from five-30 minutes in length and have English subtitles..."

The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films: Animation
See the five animated shorts in competition for the Oscar, and judge for yourself.
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Film Review  February 15, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...I’ve given up predicting the Academy Awards. Most years the wrong films are nominated, every year the wrong films win (as do the wrong actors, actresses, directors, editors, composers ...), and every year I grow more and more disenchanted..."

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program B
Horror and hope in America's underdog communities
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Film Review  February 9, 2018, by Richard Whittaker


Short Films, Tall Screen
The ShowGO! comedy and film showcase takes over the Paramount
DAILY Screens  October 6, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...While the Internet's super-accessibility is tops in terms of getting eyeballs on underseen artistic endeavors like short films, the accommodations ain't ideal (headphones + YouTube + your work cubicle). We imagine, then, it'll be a special thrill for filmmakers attending Saturday's the ShowGO! to see their movies unspool at the historic Paramount...."

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation
Cartoon creations from Kobe to Goldilocks
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Film Review  February 9, 2018, by Marc Savlov


2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Let the voting begin
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Film Review  February 5, 2016, by Josh Kupecki


2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program B
Be the most knowledgeable voter at your Oscar party
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Film Review  February 5, 2016, by Josh Kupecki


2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Programs A & B
The uproar over the lack of diversity at the Oscars may be grabbing all the headlines as awards season fully blooms, but there is plenty of diversity in the Short...
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Film Review  February 5, 2016, by Josh Kupecki


2015 Academy Award-Nominated Live-Action Short Films
This live-action group is unified by a general desire to tug at the heartstrings.
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Film Review  January 30, 2015, by William Goss


2015 Academy Award-Nominated Animated Short Films
Five Oscar nominees, plus some extra treats.
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Film Review  January 30, 2015, by William Goss


Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program B
A man carves majestic caves in sandstone rocks, and a prison hospice sees a lifer to the end.
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Film Review  February 7, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten


2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Let the voting begin
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Film Review  February 10, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...“Extremis,” on the other hand, situates its camera in an American hospital where patients, families, and doctors struggle to make difficult end-of-life decisions. Only one of the films, “Joe’s Violin,” has a conventionally uplifting narrative arc with its story about a man who donates his old violin to a young, needy student..."

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Programs A & B
Misery and suffering know no national borders, but refugees from those conditions know all too well their demarcations. That is the message that comes through clearly in these five contenders...
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Film Review  February 10, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...“Extremis,” on the other hand, situates its camera in an American hospital where patients, families, and doctors struggle to make difficult end-of-life decisions. Only one of the films, “Joe’s Violin,” has a conventionally uplifting narrative arc with its story about a man who donates his old violin to a young, needy student..."

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program B
Be the most knowledgeable voter at your Oscar party
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Film Review  February 10, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...“Extremis,” on the other hand, situates its camera in an American hospital where patients, families, and doctors struggle to make difficult end-of-life decisions. Only one of the films, “Joe’s Violin,” has a conventionally uplifting narrative arc with its story about a man who donates his old violin to a young, needy student..."

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
Form an opinion instead of guessing what will win this category
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Film Review  January 29, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...With the exception of the clash of cultures in Basil Khalil’s irreverently delightful “Ave Maria,” each film features characters struggling to cope with difficult situations that are sometimes of their own making. A reclusive English typographer with a speech impediment agonizes over meeting an online romantic interest for the first time in Benjamin Cleary’s “Stutterer”; an Afghan-American military translator on her first day on the job faces a life-and-death situation for which she’s not prepared in Henry Hughes’ “Day One”; two Albanian boys in Kosovo (circa 1998) find their friendship challenged by the vagaries of war in Jamie Donoughue’s “Shok”; a divorced German father deceives his young daughter during a weekend visitation in Patrick Vollrath’s “Everything Will Be Okay.” Of those four live-action shorts, the last two include admirable performances by youngsters who carry the films’ emotional weight skillfully..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation
Five works of superior, ambitious animation.
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Film Review  February 7, 2014, by Louis Black
"...Animated programs are often hit-and-miss affairs, as are most collections of shorts. Often, if they are made up of 10 or 12 shorter films (averaging six or seven minutes each), they can be overwhelming..."

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Breaion King arrest doc heads up the Oscar short list
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Film Review  February 9, 2018, by Richard Whittaker


Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action
Childhood, aging, and geographic diversity are common themes in these dramas from around the world.
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Film Review  February 8, 2013, by Leah Churner


A Selection of Short Films and Videos by Austin Filmmakers
The screening hosts works by Barna Kantor, Justin Hennard, Am Fejes, Leon Elwood Harris, Gonzalo Gonzalez, Salvatore Botti, Shannon Owens, and Gary Price. Also included is a Swiss film collective's...
Film Review  October 19, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Short Stories
From Hollywood to Austin and beyond: the rise and rise of short film online
Screens Story  May 5, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"... America at large may be slow to learn the power of the Internet, but it's something short film site pioneers have known for years. And in case you haven't heard, short films are big business..."

Experimental Films
The final season of the Austin Film Society's year-long 10th anniversary celebration begins Tuesday night at 7pm with the continuation of its free weekly screenings retrospective. Tuesday's offering consists of...
Film Review  May 31, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The final season of the Austin Film Society's year-long 10th anniversary celebration begins Tuesday night at 7pm with the continuation of its free weekly screenings retrospective. Tuesday's offering consists of an interesting collection of short films by experimental film directors..."

Short, but Not Necessarily Sweet
It's a bit of a stretch to call the short films of Jay Rosenblatt documentaries. Let's call them experimental docs -- or shorts -- and leave it at that. Just prepare to be amazed by the reel of eight short films the genre-bending San Francisco filmmaker is bringing to the Alamo next week.
Screens Story  February 14, 2003, by Anne S. Lewis
"...OK, so maybe it's a bit of a stretch to call the short films of Jay Rosenblatt documentaries. Let's call them experimental docs -- or shorts -- and leave it at that..."

Long Stories Short
The Cinematexas International Short Film Festival
Screens Story  September 12, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Haynes, whose five feature films (Superstar, Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven) and two shorter works ("Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud" and "Dottie Gets Spanked," both of which will be screening at Cinematexas) revolve around the themes of societal outsider and marginalized personalities, is, along with Todd Solondz and Richard Linklater, one of the most consistently intriguing filmmakers of what is shaping up as a certain renaissance in American independent (and nonindependent) filmmaking...."

Short, Quirky, and Totally in Control
Chicago documentarian discusses the inspiration behind four of his most popular short films, showing at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of the Texas Documentary Tour on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Screens Story  December 1, 2000, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Louis. "I guess the reputation comes from having done all these quirky little films..."

Short and Sweet With Other Worlds Austin
Three micro-stories at the SF film fest
DAILY Screens  December 3, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Just because a story is short, that doesn't mean it's short on story. This weekend's Other Worlds Austin festival is brimming with short films that build a whole world in a few minutes...."

Bob Ray Goes Apesh!t, Commits to Creating Four Films By End of Summer
Bob Ray embarks on a short-filmmaking binge
DAILY Screens  August 8, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Mayhap his "bud" Chad Holt dropped by with some serious doobage, resulting in mad visions of Super-8 overload. It's even possible that Austin indie icon Bob Ray was entirely in his right mind (still, remarkably) when he announced his plans to shoot four new films in the next few weeks...."

The Long and the Short of It
The expansive Cinematexas short film festival
Screens Story  September 14, 2001, by Belinda Acosta
"...Besides screenings of jury-selected films, special events abound: New shorts by filmmakers Hal Hartley, Errol Morris, and Guy Maddin will screen, as will a showcase of Czech animator Jan Svankmajer's work. Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky presents a retrospective of his work, along with a program of avant-garde shorts from Austrian distrubutor Sixpack Films..."

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